New Studio Mics & Professional Mods for Your Mics
20 years of in-house microphone modification. No DIY risk. Prompt, unbeatable personal service.
Need an affordable U 47, U 67 or U 87 alternative? KM 84, Schoeps CMC6, RCA 44 or Coles 4038 too pricey?
The U 87 alternative - an MJE modified RODE NT1a.
Re-built on Cape Cod, Massachusetts. Used worldwide. Hear it for yourself vs a '70's U 87.
Get 8dB better bass, smoother mids, 6 dB less top end harshness and 3dB more "air" compared to the stock RODE NT5 cardioid capsule. Hear the MJE-384K vs. the Schoeps CMC6, Neumann KM 184 and a stock RODE NT5 on acoustic guitar and drum OH. $329 / pr. The MJE-384K capsule is a screw-on modification for your NT5 microphones. You own the NT5 - now you can upgrade them. Listen to the samples or write to me to learn how the MJE-384K capsules will make your NT5 mics sound better than stock.
New Michael Joly Engineering MJE-384
A complete set of world-class small diaphragm mics – only $699.
Whether it’s a pre-production mic shoot out test or hit-bound recording session, the MJE-384 matched stereo pair delivers the sound you need at a price you can afford. In a direct comparison on drum overheads, the MJE-384 has been chosen over Schoeps CMC6 / MK4 by the session drummer. In a direct comparison on acoustic guitar, the MJE-384 has been preferred by session guitarists over the KM 184. Listen for yourself – open, natural, relaxed, true-to-life plus a touch of top end air and sparkle. Write to me to learn how the MJE-384 compares to my well-known modified Oktava MK-012.
New Michael Joly Engineering MJE-LR44
Long Ribbon Microphone
Need a ribbon mic with better-than-classic sound? – the MJE-LR44 only $599.
Hear the MJE-LR44 vs. the RCA 44 and Coles 4038 on drums, piano, guitar, male and female vocals then judge for yourself. The MJE-LR44 long ribbon mic is more open, more transparent, more accurate and resolves transients better. Quite a claim. Listen for yourself, you’ll believe. Questions? Just write to me.
New MJE Hulk 990
With signature single layer headbasket design and 3 micron MJE-K47 capsule
Buy a new MJE Hulk 990 for only $429 complete with shock mount and case.
Many folks need one great mic to record vocals, acoustic guitar and percussion. The MJE Hulk 990 is that mic. The 3 micron diaphragm MJE-K47 capsule offers classic “Neumann-esque” sound up to 10kHz then keeps on going to deliver a touch of sparkle in the “air” band.
Record an acoustic guitar track, then reposition for male or female vocals. Classic LDC sound and vibe on both takes. Move it into position as part of a Glyn Johns-style three mic set up for drum overdubs – hear punch, clarity and shimmer with no top end harshness. Hear it vs. the current industry-standard Neumann U 87ai.
Hear clear and open sound - the MJE Hulk 990 features a single layer headbasket (the classic AKG C12 was a single layer headbasket mic) to avoid the coloration effects heard with multiple layer headbasket mics.
Welcome note from Michael Joly -
You need classic microphone sound, right? Hear new modified microphones, after-market microphone modification services for your mics (we do the work in our shop - no DIY risk!) and my own Michael Joly Engineering mics vs. the classics. I believe you’ll find these modified microphones and my MJE mics to be affordable alternatives to the Neumann U 47, U 67, U 87, KM 84, KM 184, Coles 4038, RCA 44 and Schoeps CMC6.
Whether you're looking for the right vocal microphone (a U 87 alternative perhaps?), a great acoustic guitar mic (a KM 84 alternative?), guitar cab or drum overhead mics you'll find them all here - with sound samples vs. some classic microphones.
BTW - Here's a new article I've posted: LDC Mic Headbaskets - A Necessary Evil.
Ps - Whether you're interested in a new mic or a microphone modification service performed in our shop your purchase is RISK-FREE. Just write and I'll tell you exaclty what that means in your particular case. Best, Michael